Dec 7, 2013 7:00am PST
news. merrill newman, the 85-year-old palo alto man who was detained in north korea for six weeks, is right now on a plane headed to sfo. he will land in a couple of hours. we're live at sfo where a welcome home crowd continues to grow. >> reporter: that scheduled ?riet supposed to land at 8:58. we expect family to alive closer to that time. it's sure to be a warm welcome for the korean war veteran who has been away from his wife, family and friends for more than a month now. we have video of merrill newman in china last night on his way home. the ordeal started when merrill newman visited north korea in october. just as he was about to board a flight for china, he was detained on october 26 and charged with hostile acts against the state. the associated press says merrill newman served in a it top secret military unit that trained south koreans to sneak into north korea during the war. during his time in custody in north korea, they released a video of the veteran apologizing for his actions. the north korean government does have a history of coercesing statements from detainees.
Dec 4, 2013 7:00am PST
. rethink possible. >>> 8:13. new information about 85-year- old merrill newman of palo alto who has been detained for more than a month in north korea. the san jose mercury news reports during the korean war, newman led a unit of guerrilla fighters. newman reportedly reached out to surviving meles of his former unit before the trip and planned to meet some of them in south korea after he was supposed to leave north korea. the new information comes after north korea released this video of newman apologizing for war crimes he committed during the korean war. >>> there's word that dennis rod mand is head -- rodman is heading back to north korea. he will make his third visit to the country on december 18th to help train the north korean baseball team for a game in january. on his last trip in february, he watched a basketball game sitting next to the leader, kim jung un. >>> it's been determined that yasser arafat died of natural causes and was not poisoned. french investigators say new test results rule out poisoning. this contradicts a swiss lab report that he was poisoned. arafat's widow